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  • Conversation with Jess Gillam


  • Saxophonist Jess Gillam talks with the Music Division about her recital with pianist Zeynep Özsuca, part of the 2021-2022 Concerts from the Library of Congress season. At 22, Gillam's artistry and virtuosic technique have already made her an impressive ambassador for her instrument, one with a wide range of musical interests. The conversation touches on the works on her recital - by Francis Poulenc, Meredith Monk, Luke Howard, Alessandro Marcello, Kurt Weill, and John Harle - and delves into the artistic process of creating transcriptions for saxophone of works originally composed for other instruments. Gillam also talks about her popular BBC 3 Radio program and podcast series This Classical Life, her passionate advocacy for the power of music in society and her Virtual Scratch Orchestra project, which brought together more than 2,000 people from 16 countries to play together online during the pandemic.

Event Date

  • December 09, 2021

Running Time

  • 30 minutes 36 seconds

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  • video
  • image
  • online text

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